February 19, 7- 9 p.m. Scurvy: Scourge of the Mariner and Soldier with John Moseley
Join the NC Maritime Museum at Southport and The Friends of the Museum in welcoming John Moseley, Assistant Site Manager, Fort Fisher State Historic Site. He will discuss one of the most deadly diseases to haunt seafarers and armies for centuries – scurvy. Scurvy is a condition caused by a lack of vitamin C, or ascorbic acid, in the diet. The knowledge of vitamin C and its effects on the human body has only been known since 1932. What was life like for those people deprived of fresh fruits and vegetables for long periods of time? Discover the effects of this disease in world, US and local history. The program will be held at the Southport Community Building, 223 East Bay St., Southport. Program is free, call the Museum at (910)457-0003 to register
February 21, 7:30pm. Cape Fear Civil War Round Table
Professor Philip Gerard, author and historian, will speak on “the best and the worst of the human spirit” as it relates to the Civil War. Professor Gerard is currently writing a column on the Civil War in OUR STATE magazine and will talk about his research methodology -. The meeting will be held at St. Andrew’s On-the-Sound (101Airlie Road). Social Hour begins at 7:00 p.m.
February 23 Cape Fear Museum of History and Science.
For kids and grand kids! Conduct fun and creative building experiments to explore Lower Cape Fear architecture. What is a structural foundation and why is it so important? How are historic buildings preserved for future generations to enjoy?
Create a marshmellow geodesic dome to test out shape strength and make your own newspaper tower. Parental participation is required. Free for members or with general admission.
March 16 & 17: Bentonville Battlefield
will celebrate the 148th anniversary of the battle with a bang. “One Continuous Fire of Destruction,” will be held March 16 & 17. The program will focus on artillery involvement during the fiery battle. Artillery and infantry demonstrations will occur throughout the day both Saturday and Sunday. A Union Monument will be dedicated Saturday, March 16. Civilian living history demonstrations will be set up near the Harper House. The Harper House, used as a Union Field Hospital, will be open for guided tours. All activities are free. 10:00am— 4:00pm.